Clan boss looks for improvements

Braehead Clan Head Coach Ryan Finnerty says he’s looking for better from his team ahead of this weekend’s double header with Manchester Storm.

The injury-hit side got back to winning ways on Thursday with a 6-3 victory over Edinburgh Capitals to return to third in the Elite League.

But Finnerty is hopeful the players drafted in to help out could do the same again over the weekend.

He said: “It was a good night in terms of the result, but now we need to be better and take care of our attention to detail ahead of the two Manchester games.

“We’ve played them enough to know their forward line is talented and can score plenty of goals. We want to make sure we’re stiff defensively and not allow them transition and speed.

“As for the players, Nathan McIver’s back after his suspension so we’ll dissect our line-up and see where we’re at come the weekend.

“We’ll see what happens with Jordan Cownie and Duncan Speirs and Stuart Kerr, two Solway boys as they have games with their teams.”

Finnerty also had to turn to 40-year-old assistant coach Richard Hartmann, who picked up three assists and won the man of the match award against the Caps.

The Clan coach laughed off the possibility that he was about to make a playing comeback, but praised the togetherness in how his established team members helped out the new faces.

He added: “I don’t think this country will allow me to play any more, but it was getting pretty close to even thinking about getting the skates on once more.

“But we managed to do enough to move on and get the win and the players we brought in looked good and did their jobs well.

“For ‘Harts’, the three assists he got I’ll be hearing about that all year. He stepped up and I don’t know how excited he was to play, but he did a good job.

“He’s got patience and good hands and everyone saw it when he set up Brendan Brooks for the second goal. It was good to see him and the bench came together whenever he got a point.

“It was the same when Speirs got his goal. The guys gave him a standing applause and that’s why we play the game.”

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